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According to TSN’s Daren Dreger, Leafs GM Cliff Fletcher sat down with Sundin on Thursday to discuss his future with the club. Among the talk, Fletcher asked Sundin to make a list of teams that he would like to be traded to, if he was to go somewhere. It seems that the plot has now thickened in the Sundin deadling talk…
With four seasons of just atrocious hockey, many hockey fans may have forgotten what a powerhouse team the Pittsburgh Penguins were during the ’90s. From 1988-2001, only three players won the Art Ross Trophy. Mario Lemieux 6 times (3 times back-to-back), Jaromir Jagr 5 times (including 4 straight) and Wayne Gretzky 3 times (once back-to-back). With the exceptions of Mario’s first win (’88) and Wayne’s last win (’94), none of those teams ever failed to reach the playoffs when their team sported the NHL’s leading scorer. Iginla broke that trend with Calgary the following year in ’02, but Foppa got back on track with the Aves after, followed by St. Louis and his Cup-winning Lightning, with Joe Thornton and Sidney Crosby having followed suit.
Few sane people would deny that having the League’s top scoring player on your team is a recipe for success.
So where does that leave the Penguins, who, with Malkin, have the potential to have back-to-back different Art Ross Trophy winners, and 13 of the past 19 said Trophies?
Also inside, Sergei Gonchar sets an active record with his eighth consecutive 50+ point season with a goal in last night’s victory over the Habs. [What an exciting game by the way!] And, a Penguins and Art Ross Trophy history lesson.
Saturday night, HNIC analyst Al Strachan said Vincent Lecavalier has “spent enough of his career” in Tampa Bay.
TSN.ca is reporting that C Peter Forsberg will not be returning for the 07/08 season.
Forsberg’s agent Don Baizley has begun advising NHL teams that Forsberg doesn’t have enough confidence in his wonky foot to commit to a return to the league this season.
More to follow.
15 teams interested in all-star D, plus other Leaf players shopped around
The latest hot rumor arising from the GM meetings has the Philadelphia Flyers interested in acquiring Toronto Maple Leafs all-star defenseman Tomas Kaberle.